Today I’m interviewing Marce from Tea Time with Marce. Marce lives in Bermuda so I decided to find out what the book scene is like there.

Is there an active bookish community in Bermuda? Are there lots of book shops,
book clubs, libraries, etc?

There are not many book stores on the island, we have the Bermuda Book Store,
which is a mom and pop local store and then we have a larger department store
with a great book section. You will find small sections of books in some stores
but not dedicated book stores. Bermuda has 1 public library and a youth
library. One of our radio personalities also has a book club that discusses a
book weekly. The main connections you find are through friends, family and
colleagues at work which then become many personal book clubs.
I have been in a book club for a little over a year but to be honest the book
choices are not great, but the company and food are.

Are there any Bermudian authors or books set in Bermuda that you recommend?

Tea With Tracey: The Woman's Survival Guide To BermudaTea With Tracey: The Woman’s Survival Guide To Bermuda by Tracey Caswell

I would recommend Tea with Tracey by Tracey Caswell
Take a 35 year-old prairie gal, marry her off to a Bermudian and move her to the
Island. What happens? Find out in Tea with Tracey: The Woman’s Survival Guide to
Bermuda an 8 year romp through the trials and tribulations of settling into
Island life.
Appeals to new residents and visitors alike.
Helps overseas employees of international businesses settle in quickly.
A great gift for anyone who has ever lived in or visited Bermuda.
Tourist souvenir with a difference.
Entertaining for anyone interested in reading about foreign places.
Easy-reading style and humour ensure enjoyment by all.
An eye-opening experience for Bermudians.

What are your favorite and least favorite parts of living on an island?

I am born and raised in Bermuda. I have lived in New York and Philadelphia for
schooling but I love living on an island. It is small, approx. 65,000
population. My favourite thing is knowing almost everyone, it is a beautiful
diversity of cultures and laid back, slower paced then city life.
My least favourite thing would be that it is very expensive as we have to import
everything, food is outrageous prices.
Even though it is an island, we are a British colony and influenced by many
British and American everyday living.

Thanks Heather for the interview and having interest in Bermuda. We are now experiencing low 60’s which I’m a little embarrassed to say is ‘freezing’ to us SMILES with many of you experiencing less than 20, even zero degrees.

Yes, it is cold here in the U.S. this week but it looks like we are going to get back close to 60 this weekend.  We can pretend that it is Bermuda-like!


I’m being interviewed today by Priya from Tabula Rasa.  She asked me all kinds of questions.  Marce is interviewing Priya so head over there too.

17 Replies to “BBAW Interviews”

  1. Everything about this book appeals to me. Originally from a landlocked state, I love all things related to the ocean. (I am so glad I married a man from the coast!) Thanks for sharing at the #LMMLinkup.

  2. Loved getting to see what the bookish life is like in Bermuda. I’m in Southern California, and it has been up to 90 degrees the last couple of weeks!!! I hate it. Luckily we have rain today 🙂

  3. Bermuda sounds wonderful! And thanks for the Bermuda book recommendation — here in Louisiana I think we’re past the coldest of our weather (such as that was), but I’ll save Tea with Tracey for a chilly winter’s day when I need a pick-me-up. Wonderful interview, y’all!

  4. I thought you lived in Bermuda. How perfectly lovely and I hear you about 60 being a little chilly. You don’t have our 100+ temps in the summer though, right? I never thought about how expensive it would be to have to import everything. Plus living in a vacation hot spot. Wish you could join my mystery book group. You’d love it! Lovely interview!!

  5. Amazing to think that Bermuda is smaller than my suburban hometown! It must feel rather intimate at times. And while we do dip into the cooler weather now and then in Dallas, 60 is fairly chilly to me as well. I’d much rather the temps stay in the 70s or 80s! 😉

  6. Such an interesting interview! Nice to hear about reading culture in a different country! I’m with Marce, I don’t know how you guys do below freezing – I’m from central Australia where anything below 15C (bout 60F) is too cold too function. You should hear us all bitch and moan! haha. Hope you enjoy the rest of the Book Blogger Appreciation Week.

    1. My husband’s family lives in Florida. When we visit in the winter they are always trying to give us coats. They don’t believe that their cold days are a nice spring day for us!

  7. Tea with Tracey sounds like a great way to get to know the island. I could use some 60 degree days about now. Brrrrr.

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